Msg#: 4630711 posted 8:26 pm on Dec 14, 2013 (gmt 0)
In a couple of recent threads there have been references to GWT reporting large number of links from sites that are totally unrelated to the target. The links are usually to just one or two pages of the target site.
However, when the linking pages are checked out, there is no sign of the link that is being reported and a text search of the source code finds nothing.
I've always had an uneasy feeling that this might be an indicator of something that I should be acting on... but I have no idea of the what, when, why and how part.
Can anyone shed some light of what what might be going on and if any action is required?
Msg#: 4630711 posted 9:33 pm on Dec 15, 2013 (gmt 0)
OK.... so I guess that would mean the "perpetrator" is cloaking. Why would a Romanian clothing and apparrel ecommerce site want to cloak links to a Sydney travel page?
It seems to be a total nonsense but given the paranoia about unnatural link profiles I was wondering if there is any action I should be taking.... or can I safely assume that Google handles these with no ill-effects to the target site?
Msg#: 4630711 posted 6:41 pm on Jan 10, 2014 (gmt 0)
I've been seeing this as well, dozens of cloaked links from a series of different spammy domains hosted in the same place.. All .info domains with clothing affiliate links on them. Can't ever see the actual links to my site, even faking a Googlebot user-agent.
The links never show up in any external backlinks monitoring tool but show up regularly in both GWT and to a lessor degree in Bing WMT.
I've been disavowing the domains, but I'm concerned about the gap between the time I see them and when the disavow is processed as well as the number of links that might be out there and registered by Google but just not show in GWT.
Msg#: 4630711 posted 8:35 pm on Jan 10, 2014 (gmt 0)
"Why would a Romanian clothing and apparrel ecommerce site want to cloak links to a Sydney travel page?"
One Reason: The spammers BELIEVE that they have successfully put links on the Sydney travel page pointing to their target money-making site.
They then would build links from a romanian clothing site TO the sydney travel site to increase the page rank of the Sydney travel site. This increased Page Rank would then flow from the links they assumed they had pointing from the Sidney Travel to their target money-making site.
Does the Sidney travel site accept advertising?
Maybe they advertise on that sidney travel site and in an effort to get their advertising seen by more eyeballs, they are creating spam links to the travel site so that it will rank higher?
Msg#: 4630711 posted 10:46 pm on Jan 10, 2014 (gmt 0)
Why would a Romanian clothing and apparrel ecommerce site want to cloak links to a Sydney travel page?
Alternative explanation: The owner of the real site has allowed his nephew to piggyback on the domain name to conduct business of his own. Probably half of my hotlinks fall into this pattern. At the front is an inarguably legitimate site that has nothing to do with the offending activity-- and no apparent way to get to the part of the site that's engaging in misbehavior.